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Bucks County Achieves another Successful Medications Collection

October 30, 2017

A Message from The Council of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Inc., an affiliated County Partner

Bucks County had another successful medication collection event. Law enforcement officers collected unneeded, unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications for safe disposal at 51 locations throughout the county on October 28, 2017.  Collection totals exceeded 10,125.82 lbs., bringing Bucks County to a total-to-date of 98,663.9 lbs., over 49 tons, since 2010 when collections began in the county. All medications collected will be incinerated, thus eliminating the risk of diversion and protecting the water supply.

The Bucks County Medication Collection event’s success reflects a true partnership among county-wide entities and local community businesses and coalitions.  Support from the Bucks County Commissioners, District Attorney’s Office and County Detectives, Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission, Inc., combined with volunteers representing agencies such as the Area Agency on Aging, Children and Youth, Bucks Promise for Youth and Communities, Bucks County Medical Reserve Corp,  Doylestown Hospital, Lower Bucks Hospital, St. Mary Medical Center, Grand View, Outpatient Center and the youth drug and alcohol prevention community coalitions Building a Better Bensalem Together (B3T), Council Rock Coalition for Healthy Youth (CRCHY), Little Dog Initiative (LDI),  Partners in Action and Community Togetherness  (PACT), Upper Bucks Healthy Communities Healthy Youth, Neshaminy CTC, NHS Cares and Pennsbury LYFT.  

It is important to follow safe practices with all medications. This includes storing medications properly, taking medications only as prescribed and safely disposing of both prescribed and over-the-counter medications by using a drop box located near you.

In case you missed the collection event on Saturday, you may dispose of unwanted medications freely and anonymously at one of the 34 permanent drop off sites located in police stations throughout Bucks County. In most locations, all medications will be accepted, including pills, capsules, ointments, liquids, nasal sprays, inhalers and pet medications. Needles and illicit drugs will not be accepted. Go to the Bucks Promise for Youth and Communities Blogspot using http://buckspromise.blogspot.com and use the link Drug Medication Collection Boxes on the right for box site locations or contact Donna Foisy at dsfoisy@buckscounty.org.

Bucks Promise for Youth and Communities is a consortium of organizations, agencies and coalitions that have mobilized around a mission of strengthening our communities by striving to meet five basic promises to our youth: that they have caring adults in their lives, safe places to live, a healthy start and future, effective education and opportunities to serve and help others. For more information, visit http://buckspromise.blogspot.com or contact Donna Foisy at dsfoisy@buckscounty.org